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Beyond Missouri — Dan Bongino in Maryland gaining endorsements and momentum

Beyond Missouri — Dan Bongino in Maryland gaining endorsements and momentum

Time to focus on places other than Missouri — Dan Bongino would be a good place to start

In late June, I wrote about the importance of putting Maryland conservative Dan Bongino in the U.S. Senate this November. Last week, he was officially added to the Operation Counterweight final list.  You can donate here.

While Bongino’s race against incumbent Democrat Ben Cardin has received brief glances of national attention along the way, he has been the beneficiary of increasing national spotlight in the last couple of weeks.  With all the troubles caused by the “situation” in Missouri, it is more important than ever that national Republicans help solid candidates like Bongino

Last month, Bongino received a boost in notoriety when Sarah Palin, speaking at a Ted Cruz rally, referenced a stirring speech he gave to the Frederick, Maryland Republican Club. A speech which was featured here as “the speech that could launch him to victory.

Yesterday, Palin went one step further and officially endorsed Bongino for U.S. Senate. In a statement released by Palin, she recognized the dramatic distinction between Bongino and Cardin.

Bongino, if you are unfamiliar, was first an NYPD officer, and later, a dedicated Secret Service agent, serving in the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations, constantly putting his well-being in harm’s way in order to protect our country’s leaders. In stark contrast, if Cardin is permitted to serve out another term in the Senate, he will have spent over half a century in elected office.

On the race between the two candidates, Sarah Palin said:

This is more than just a race of Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It’s about taking our country back from the career politicians in both parties who have spent us into debt, nearly taxed us to death, enriched themselves, rewarded their cronies at our expense, and have no vision to help the private sector create the jobs we need to get this economy moving again. They are the reason why Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low. In supporting Dan Bongino, we are offering Maryland voters a clear choice either to continue with the failed policies and crony capitalism of the permanent political class, or to shake things up with Dan Bongino and cast a vote that helps put our country back on the path to prosperity.

Sarah Palin isn’t the only one who is recognizing Bongino’s very real opportunity at putting a Maryland conservative in the Senate. Appropriately, the Senate Conservatives Fund has also come out in support of Bongino.

There isn’t a candidate in the country who has more passion for conservative principles than Dan Bongino. He’s fearless when it comes to articulating how liberal policies have destroyed inner cities, and he’s unwavering is his support for the principles of freedom that make this country the best the world has ever known.

While this is all great news, such high profile endorsements are far from determinative and Bongino still faces a supremely difficult task in attempting to claim a red seat in deep blue Maryland.

That task however, is not insurmountable. In fact, as Bongino himself pointed out in a recent interview with the Daily Caller, the very fact that he represents a stark contrast from the Maryland status quo may ultimately play a role in why he succeeds in this election where others have failed in the past.

“The folks in Maryland deserve a diversity of political thought.”

He added that Maryland’s high taxes are hurting the state’s job growth and driving residents to Virginia and other nearby states.

“We have I-95 running right through the state. We have proximity to Washington, D.C. We have Baltimore, we have Annapolis, two great cities. We have the mountains, we have the [Chesapeake] Bay, tourists locations, an educated workforce,” he said.

“How Maryland is losing jobs is an absolute absurdity, reflective of a one-party monopoly that is not at all accountable to the people of Maryland anymore.”

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Comments

casualobserver | August 22, 2012 at 8:33 am

Maryland’s governor, O’Malley might add to the difficulty for Bongino. He is a hyper-partisan progressive who routinely has made derogatory public statements, especially about groups (e.g. Tea Party) and individuals. It isn’t a stretch to imagine he would happily join in with smears on any local candidate. Bongino’s success rides on the “fed up” factor in that state, in my humble opinion.

I bet if Palin showed up, Bongino would get some massive media play. That’s right in the BosWash corridor and her presence would open up the floodgates for the young man. The Democrats would overreact.

“The folks in Maryland deserve a diversity of political thought.”

Beautiful, and the reason why I’ve sent him money since his campaign began and am helping to GOTV.

I am hoping Dan Bongino is the Ron Johnson (Wis R-Tea Party) candidate of 2012.

In a deeply blue-state 2010 Ron Johnson came out of nowhere to defeat uber Progressive, and dear friend of Sen John McCain, Sen Russ Feingold (Wis D-Progg)

If you are worried about losing the Senate then take the time to GOTV by making phone calls for Dan Bongino

Thank you so much for your continued support and coverage of Dan!

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We just sent him another contribution of California dollars. Our side needs some wins from great, seemingly long-shot, candidates like Dan Bongino. I agree with section9 that it would be excellent for Palin to make an appearance.
Thanks, Prof, for Operation Counterweight.

I sense a tidal wave for the GOP in November and many in the toss up category will be swept into office.

The problem thereafter will be as to how long it will take the Republicans to behave badly as they did in the early part of the last decade. It’s inevitable but possibly the squeaky clean record of both, Romney and Ryan might have a positive influence.

Hope and REAL change is in the air folks!

In Maryland, my former state of residence, I don’t think it matters much how good you are or who endorses you. If you are a Republican or a conservative, you have little chance at winning statewide office.

Bongino is a great candidate, wish there were a way to clone him and send him to a certain state. For that matter, I wish there were a Pat Toomey clone to run here in Pennsylvania. We really need to work on building a deeper bench in some of these critical states.

He’s on my donation list – will send again next payday.

I really, really like this guy. It’s really hard to believe he lives in Maryland. I heard one of his speeches and there was no pander to liberals at all. He’s very articulate and easy to understand while being informative. The people of Maryland are lucky to have him. Hope he wins.

Look, in an ideal world with unlimited funds, we could support every good conservative candidate in every race. But that’s not possible.

Funds are limited. Let’s face facts: if Bongino is even competitive with Cardin in Maryland, it probably means a giant Republican wave bigger than 2010. BUT if it isn’t the big wave, money sent to Maryland might be better spent elsewhere, in states we have good chances of pick-ups. A dollar does a lot more for a GOP candidate in Montana or North Dakota than it can ever buy in the DC-Baltimore media market.

And it could be better spent sewing up the pick-up in Virginia than a wish and a prayer in Maryland.

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